Side Effects - Skin Changes

Side Effects – Skin Changes

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Skin changes

Skin conditions are some of the temporary, occasional effects of chemotherapy.

The most frequently observed signs include dry skin, changes in color, increased sensitivity to sunlight, ulcers or acne reactions. During combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy, a rash may develop on an area of the body that has been irradiated.


The skin on the area treated by radiotherapy may become red, irritated, tanned or appear to be suffering from a sunburn. These predictable side effects should clear up after the end of treatment.

Useful tips

  • Don’t use soap, cosmetics, perfume, ointment that is not prescribed by your doctor, sun lamps or hot water bottles;
  • Use only lukewarm water, never hot;
  • Don’t expose the treated area to sun and cold;
  • Avoid wearing scratchy fabrics and tight-fitting clothing;
  • Use mild soap to wash clothes that come in direct contact with the skin;
  • Avoid public pools;
  • Avoid rubbing, scratching or massaging the skin; if you experience itching, your doctor may prescribe a cortisone spray.

Primary cancers treated by immunotherapy

Prostate cancer

Breast cancer

Getting ready

Side effects of the primary immunotherapy treatments​

Testicular cancer